How to Write for Publication: Programme | London

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Date(s) - 29/03/2019
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cass Business School


CPD Hours six


This workshop prepares attendees to write for publication – whether that be papers for the therapeutic journals, book proposals, blog posts, book reviews or anything else. The workshop is designed to suit everybody from the absolute beginner to the more experienced writer/researchers. We will consider common anxieties about writing and address these. We will think about the kinds of writing we might like to do, and the helpfulness of ‘gradual exposure’ techniques when it comes to writing. We’ll introduce writing practice techniques to help you get started and we’ll consider how to write for various audiences, and what editors and publishers are looking for. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to develop an idea for a potential writing project into an initial draft, with the support of the facilitator (a writing mentor and published author of 20 books and over 100 papers). We will cover structure, tone, clarity, adn content. Attendees are encouraged to bring either a laptop or paper and pen to work with.



09:30 – Registration

10:00 – Introduction to writing

Anxieties about writing (Exercise)

Suggestions for beating fears around writing and publication

Reasons for writing

Developing your writing practice

11:30 – Coffee Break

11:50 – Writing for publication

What kinds of writing might you do?

Clarifying what we want to write – focusing our ideas

Writing for different audiences

Academic and non-academic writing: how to get published and deal with feedback

1:00 – Lunch

2:00 – Writing a basic outline

Opportunity to write an outline for a paper, book proposal, or other project

One-to-one support

Small group feedback

Larger group discussion

3:00 – Developing an outline

Opportunity to develop your outline for a paper, book proposal, or other project: paragraph by paragraph plan, one paragraph as polished prose

One-to-one support

Small group feedback

Larger group discussion

4:00 – Committing to writing plans and feedback

4:30 – Close


Presented by Dr. Meg-John Barker, a senior lecturer in psychology at The Open University and a UKCP accredited therapist. Meg’s research, writing, and therapeutic practice focus on sex and relationships, particularly the ways in which these matters are represented in popular culture, advice, and therapy, and the understandings and practices of various sexual and relationship communities (notably bisexual, kink, and non-monogamous communities). Meg is the editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality, as well as being author of many books and papers on these topics, such as Safe, Sane & Consensual (Palgrave, 2007), Understanding Non-Monogamies (Routledge, 2010) and The Bisexuality Report (

Meg has also published extensively on counselling and psychotherapy including the books Understanding Counselling & Psychotherapy (Sage, 2010), and Mindful Counselling and Psychotherapy: Practising Mindfully Across Approaches and Issues (Sage, 2013). Specifically in relation to the topics covered in these sessions students may find useful Christina Richards and Meg Barker’s book Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide (Sage, 2013) and Meg’s self-help style book Rewriting the Rules: An Integrative Guide to Sex, Love and Relationships (Routledge, 2013). Meg is also a regular blogger on (megbarkerpsych on twitter).

Terms and Conditions

The full fee for each training day is £115 for COSRT members and £125 for non-members. Cheques should be made payable to COSRT in GB pounds sterling. Payment must be received by COSRT before the training day. Confirmation and details of your booking will be emailed to you.

Cancellations must be made in writing. There is an administrative charge of £20 per person for cancellations received up to six weeks prior to the training day. Thereafter no refund is possible. To substitute a delegate please call the COSRT office (020 8543 2707) at least seven days prior to the event.

COSRT reserves the right to change the venue or speakers due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of a training day being cancelled, a full refund will be made, but COSRT disclaims any further liability.

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